reserving classrooms meeting space

The William Smith Morton Library welcomes members and guests to use this building as a rich source of information in traditional formats as well as information technology that can facilitate the teaching, learning and research of students and faculty.  In addition to this curricular focus, the Library also seeks to offer resources to congregations, their members and others for their study and growing understanding of Christian faith and practice.

Guidelines for the use of our building and facilities may be found on this page.


  • Reserving classrooms or meeting space

    • USE OF BUILDING AND CLASSROOMS. Some rooms in the Library may be reserved by authorized persons in the UPSem community for classes or meetings. If you wish to reserve a room for a meeting, lecture or other event, please contact Lisa Janes for further information :

      Lisa Janes / Circulation Desk Supervisor / 804-278-4335 /

      GROUP STUDIES. Eight group study rooms are available on a first-come first-served basis except when the Library posts a reservation. Individuals should defer to groups.

  • Restrooms and Photocopiers

    • RESTROOMS. Both men’s and women’s restrooms are located on the southeast side of each level (Westwood/Chamberlayne side).

      PHOTOCOPY MACHINES. There are two public photocopiers in the Library : one on the first level below the main staircase, and one in the Microforms Room. All machines are self-service and accept plastic debit cards, which may be purchased from the vending machine by the first level copiers. Copies are 10¢ each.

  • Study Carrels

    • Carrels are intended for use by authorized individuals engaged in defined long-term research projects that require the intensive use of the William Smith Morton Library’s specific holdings and resources. These carrels, as available, will be assigned to advanced degree students (Ph.D., Ed.D. and Th.M. as space permits) for up to one academic year, terminating 30 June; at that point, the student may reapply. Students graduating in the spring should return their carrel keys to the Circulation Desk. Other students and the public are welcome to use unoccupied and unlocked carrels on the second floor, on a first-come first-served basis, for quiet study during the day. These carrels will be emptied out at the end of each day. NO personal items or Library materials should be left in unassigned carrels; Morton Library is not responsible for any lost property left in these carrels. See the Circulation Supervisor for further information.

  • Personal Conduct

    • Conversation and Conduct

      Each Library user is expected to supervise his or her own behavior, especially in the Reference Room and Reserve Reading Room. By and large this involves only a regard for the rights of one’s fellow students : the avoidance of conversation or noise which will disturb other readers (including cell phones), consideration in not monopolizing more books than can be reasonably used at one time, and respect for the Library’s property and equipment. Persons exhibiting disorderly conduct will be asked to leave the Library.

      Cell Phones

      Before you enter the Library, cell phones should be switched to the “silent” setting. To conduct a phone call, please go to the main level Atrium, the atrium bridges on the second or third floors, or outside. Please remember to keep phone conversations at a quiet level and away from public study areas, and take care not to disturb people in neighboring carrels. The Library reserves the right to ask individuals whose conversations are deemed by the library staff as loud or disruptive to take their cellphone conversations outside the Library.


      No smoking is permitted anywhere in the Library. No candles, incense or any other burning material may be used.

  • Food and drink

    • Drinks in covered containers with spill-proof tops will be permitted in the Library. This includes travel mugs or bottles with caps; it does not include soda cans or open cups. Drinks will not be allowed in the Rare Book Room.

      Food is now permitted in the Lower Atrium area, and in the Patron Lounge (also, at Library-sponsored and supervised events).  The Patron Lounge is equipped with a refrigerator, hot and cold filtered water, a coffee machine, and other supplies.  There is a table and chairs, comfortable sofas, and a power strip for charging your devices.  Members and guests are invited to make use of this facility.

  • Children in the Library

    • Young people are welcome to use our materials, especially the Children’s Collection on Second Level East. Please be aware that children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent. Children wishing to use the Library must remember that our study areas are to remain quiet; no disruptive conversation or behavior is acceptable. Computers in the Library are for research only and must not be used for music downloading, social networking, games, entertainment or other personal use.